Austin’s Top News – December 28, 2020 | KLBJ-AM

COVID-19 update

Travis County has reported a pretty big jump in coronavirus patients recently in need of intensive care beds. There are a total of 404 people in the hospital this morning, 136 of them are now in intensive care. 4,411 active cases out of 48,424 confirmed and 43,481 people have recovered.

Brian Manley instructs COVID

Austin’s police chief has signed COVID-19. Chief Brian Manley reportedly emailed the department about his infection and has been in self-isolation since last Wednesday. This is happening as APD staff and police officers alike are now given access to the COVID vaccine. Earlier this month, some members of other first aid agencies like Austin Fire and Austin Travis County EMS received the vaccination earlier than expected. This is partly due to a partnership with UT Dell Medical.

APD vaccines

Starting today, all Austin Police Department officers can get the coronavirus vaccine, and that’s weeks ahead of the department’s expectations. The officers receive the Moderna vaccine. It is not known whether civilian employees can also participate in the vaccinations.

First Aid Vaccines

Many Williamson County’s first responders have been getting their COVID vaccines for a little over a week. According to the district, employees of the 15 fire departments were vaccinated over the weekend. Some long-term care facilities were also included in the vaccines and overall. More than 120 doses were given over the weekend in Williamson County.

Austin Walkin Utility Payments

If you’re using the City of Austin Walkin Utility Payment Centers, you’ll need to find another option for now. The city says it has closed all walk-through payment points until further notice due to an increase in COVID cases. Payments can still be made online or over the phone and are also accepted in most HEB, Fiesta and Randalls stores.

Holiday COVID rise

With another big festival on the horizon, doctors remain concerned about further COVID spikes. Dr. John Carlo, who works for the Texas Medical Associations. The COVID-19 Task Force says wait.

“The good thing to think about now is that we are receiving thousands of vaccines. I mean, they’re coming in, they’re on their way. We see the light at the end of the tunnel, we just have to hold out a little longer. And so in the next week it is absolutely time to really double up on all the things we know we need to do to protect ourselves, ”says Carlo.

Like others, he is concerned about what the COVID numbers will look like next month.

Dennis Bonnen commissions COVID

Dennis Bonnen and his wife from the Texas House both tested positive for coronavirus. Bonnen says his symptoms were mild and that his wife was dealing with “difficult but manageable” symptoms. He says he’s not sure where the exposure occurred as he’s been following state health recommendations since March.

Texas – Mexico border economy

The Texas border with Mexico is still closed to non-essential travel at a time when the Texan economy is having one of the busiest shopping months of the year. George Keleman, who owns the Texas Retailers Association, says frontier businesses rely on Mexico to increase their bottom line.

“It was definitely difficult for the businesses that operate along the border. You are definitely counting on this cross-border customer traffic, ”says Keleman.

A new study at Rice University found that closing the border for non-essential travel between March and November had an economic impact of $ 4.9 billion.

Pflugerville Library exposed by the roadside

Roadside service at the Pflugerville Library has been suspended as Travis County is in Phase 5 of the COVID Risk Map. The library continues to accept returned items, but all of these materials will be quarantined for two full weeks.

DPS could take over command via APD

Governor Greg Abbott continued to make waves this month with his proposal to remove the city of Austin from police authority. Terry Keel, who previously served as both Travis County’s state agent and sheriff, said all control would be removed from Austin Council, even budgeting.

“Those tax dollars would be taken and used by the Texas Department of Public Safety Safety Commission, and they would actually use the Austin Police Department budget each year,” says Keel.

Although the APD would fall under the direct command of the DPS director, the citizens of Austin would see no visible change, according to Keel. He says patrols will stay in place and uniforms will look just like they do now.

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